From Portland we followed the Columbia River east to the town of Umatilla, OR. Our near term objective is to get to Glacier National Park in Montana and this moved us 200 miles in that direction. If you haven’t been into the eastern part of Oregon and Washington, it is completely different than the green, wet and mountainous western portion. This part reminds me very much of California’s central valley, very dry with some gently rolling hills and lots of agriculture.
Also known as the Ballard Locks (pics), this complex set of locks just to the north of downtown Seattle was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and was opened on July 4, 1917. These locks are part of the Lake Washington Ship Channel that connects Lake Washington and Lake Union to the Puget Sound.